One may be motivated to find out the Ultimate Truth by reasons of either epistemological curiosity or soteriological aspiration. If it is the latter, s/he would obviously go by the guru vAkya or shruti vAkya (instruction of a teacher or a canonical text). From an epistemological perspective, however, our ancient Seers and Sages used essentially two approaches in imparting whatever they found to be the supreme unquestionable “really real” ultimate ‘Thing’ for which they did not even give a name. They referred to It simply as “That” but declared It to be ‘ekameva advitIyaM‘(one only without a second). Thus did the a-dvaita (not-two) philosophy was born and ‘brahman ‘ became an indicator word for That, whatever ‘That’ is or, inexplicably, is not. Continue reading
The word “Attention” is derived from two Latin words, ad tendere, meaning “to stretch towards.”
Rupert Spira explains very clearly how attention turning towards itself is the ending of the mind.
1. Attention Falling Back to its Source (From Rupert at Parmoor in Dec 2013) – 8:35 min: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJzIz31rt4I
2. Attention and Awareness (From Rupert at Santa Sabina in Oct 2013) – 8:38 min: http://non-duality.rupertspira.com/watch/attention-and-awareness
3. The Sinking of Attention into Itself (From Rupert at Santa Sabina in Feb 2014) – 13:07 min: http://non-duality.rupertspira.com/watch/the-sinking-of-attention-into-itself
4. Attention is Awareness Plus an Object (From Rupert at Mercy Center, CA in Apr 2013) – 14:53 min: http://non-duality.rupertspira.com/watch/attention-is-awareness-plus-an-object
The message in these Videos is beautifully crystal clear and truly meditational, I submit.
In the tradition of Advaita Vedanta the distinction between one’s three bodies is basic. For Westerners this way of looking at things requires a change of thinking. Continue reading